Four-piece jam band Aqueous welcomed fans to the Town Ballroom late last month for a sold-out New Year’s Eve performance in their hometown of Buffalo, New York. The night’s NYE show capped off a big year for the emerging jam band, who spent most of their fall and winter touring around the country in promotion of their latest studio albumColor Wheel, which was released independently back on October 12th.

One of the lengthy jams played during Aqueous’ first set on New Year’s Eve was “Skyway”, with guitarist Mike Gantzer handling the lead on vocals. As the jam moves out of the song’s main theme, drummer Rob Houk lays down a hard-hitting groove for Gantzer and Dave Loss to toy around with. Midway through the jam, the quartet picks up the tempo out of a more trancey segment, and Gantzer absolutely lets loose on his beautiful PRS guitar, firing off a series of quick-witted solos.

Watch pro-shot video of “Skyway” from Aqueous’ NYE show below:

Aqueous – “Skyway”

[Video: Aqueous]

The second set and encore were highlighted by a monster set-opening take on “Strange Times”,  as well as classic rock covers of the Grateful Dead‘s “Truckin’” and The Beatles‘ “Hey Jude”. Aqueous previously shared pro-shot video of the nearly-19-minute “Strange Times”, a heady original from their 2012 Willy Is 40 LP.

The October arrival of Color Wheel was not the band’s only album release of 2018. They also shared an album of live recordings over the summer from their sold-out show at Denver’s Bluebird Theater back on June 11th. Aqueous will head back out for the start of their 2019 winter tour alongside BIG Something early next month, beginning with a show on February 7th at Bloomington, IN’s Bluebird.

For a full list of Aqueous’ upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to the band’s website.

Setlist: Aqueous | Town Ballroom | Buffalo, NY | 12/31/18
Set One: Random Company, Realize Your Light, The Boys Are Back In Town¹, Split The Difference > Skyway > Eon Don² ³ > Timmy’s Blades > Eon Don

Set Two: Strange Times⁴, Weight of the Word, How High You Fly > Origami > Auld Lang Syne > Truckin’⁵ > Aldehyde

Encore: In It (For Me)⁶ > Hey Jude⁷

¹ Debut, Thin Lizzy cover
² BUSTOUT: LTP 7/2/17 (137 shows), funky version
³ Xxplosive (Dr. Dre) tease
⁴ Jurassic Park Theme (John Williams) tease
⁵ Debut, Grateful Dead cover
⁶ Live Debut
⁷ BUSTOUT: LTP 2/26/14 (511 shows)